Managers like Dusty Baker of the Cincinnati Reds frequently come up with different strategies in a game depending on if they’re the visitors or the home team.
The reasons are obvious. The home team has last bats and can have the advantage in a tight game. A noisy jam-packed crowd can also get the team into a game, although that’s not always a major factor during the regular season. The visiting team, with that first at-bat, can sometimes set the tone for the game if it has a big first inning.
Baker will have to be reminded of this next Tuesday because he’ll be the road manager and home skipper all in the same day.
The Reds and San Francisco Giants said that a July 4 rainout between the two teams will be played 7:05 p.m. EST next Tuesday in Cincinnati. It will proceed a Reds at Giants game. This means, probably for the first time that anyone can remember, the teams will change their uniforms for a doubleheader: being the home team for one game and road team the next. How bizarre.
Its easier to change uniforms, the two teams insist, than finding an open date to make it feasible for the Giants to fly back to Cincinnati for one game on a date that might be available. It would be preferable to play one game at Cincy, but it can’t be done.
Imagine being a home team and having all the fans booing against you — although for some franchises that are having a poor season, it occasionally happens.